The MINI is an impressive car. It is a compact car, but it still retains all the performance and comfort of a luxury car. This means that the MINI is able to move faster and maneuver easier without losing any of its luxury car benefits, such as interior comfort and power. When you invest in a MINI, you know that you will be getting a top of the line car all wrapped up in a smaller package.
With the decision to invest in a MINI, you know that you are not limiting yourself when it comes to luxury and performance. Now that you own one, you have to keep up with the maintenance to keep it in great shape. One of the most important things to keep up with is the safety of your MINI, and power steering is directly related to being able to drive safely. Without power steering you will find it very difficult to drive. If you are having difficulty driving, it becomes dangerous for you, your passengers, and other drivers around you. Below are some of the common power steering problems MINI owners face that you should keep an eye out for.
Power Steering Fluid Leak
A leak anywhere in your MINI can be a serious problem, especially if the leak is your power steering fluid. This directly affects your safety, because without this fluid your MINI will become very difficult to drive. You can tell if your MINI is leaking power steering fluid by looking for a puddle of a slick dark brown fluid underneath your car. Another way to tell if there is a leak in your power steering fluid is if you smell a burning smell. It may smell like burning oil while it is in fact the power steering liquid. In order to find out for sure, take your MINI in for servicing so a technician can properly identify what the burning smell is and where it is coming from.
Loss of Hydraulic Power
You will know when you are losing hydraulic power because your steering wheel feels like it is stuck in quicksand. It will take all your strength to move the steering wheel in the direction you want it to go, especially when the car is moving at slower speeds. This indicates that your power steering hydraulic assist is out. This can be checked by looking to see how much fluid you have in your power steering reservoir while your MINI is warm and has run for a few minutes. This can also be done by taking your MINI in for servicing by a trained technician.
Grinding or Squealing Noises When Turning
While driving your Mini Cooper, if you hear squealing or grinding sounds when you are turning your steering wheel, that may point to something wrong with your power steering. These noises will tell you that a more serious problem is about to emerge if the source of the noises are not found. Most of the time, the grinding and squealing are coming from the power steering belt. The belt may be loose and slipping off its track, which will cause these noises. Addressing this problem quickly can help prevent further issues.
Service Your MINI by People You Trust
Your Mini Cooper is a special investment that you made for yourself and your family, and you want to keep it up and running to the best of its ability. This is why Import Motorworx is the best place to take your MINI for servicing of any kind. Easily accessible from the areas of Lawndale, Culver City, West Los Angeles, and South Bay, CA, we will always provide your MINI with dealership-quality care without charging you the insane rates and wait times that you often find at dealerships.
When you bring your MINI in for servicing, one of our trained technicians will do a thorough inspection of your power steering system. Once they have identified the problem, they will ensure that the necessary part is replaced with the correct manufactured part, all at a price that is more affordable than that of a dealership. With our two locations, it is easy to set up an appointment by either calling or filling out the form online and we will gladly take care of the power steering problem in your MINI.